Sunday, 1 December 2013
Retired Eagle Daniel Kerr says a severe hamstring injury in 2010 was the beginning of the end for him as an AFL player.
"I couldn't play the football I was capable of playing [after the injury]," Kerr said.
"I was able to play football to a reasonable level which allowed me to play in the team but ever since I did my hamstring I was never the same player I was before that.
"The only reason I could play AFL football for the period I did was because of the Eagles medical staff.
"Without those guys I probably would've only played 150 games."
Saturday, 30 November 2013
Former West Coast rookie Michael Mascoulis has died in a car accident near his home in Victoria.
The 20-year-old was on the Eagles' rookie list for the 2012 season and played for WAFL team West Perth.
"Michael was a larger than life character and loved the West Perth Football Club, and [was loved] by everyone at the club and we wish our sincerest condolences to his family at this terrible time," West Perth management said on the Falcons' Facebook page.
Friday, 29 November 2013
Midfielder Matt Priddis wins the newly-minted John Worsfold Medal as West Coast's best and fairest for season 2013.
Priddis led all votes ahead of runner up Eric Mackenzie followed by Josh Kennedy and paid tribute to former coach John Worsfold for being one of the most influential people in his life.
"I've idolised (Worsfold) since I was a kid, since I've started following footy," Priddis said.
"He's had a massive impact on my life on and off the field.
"He's always encouraged me to play to your strengths. Don't be anyone else other than yourself and I can't thank him enough.
"So for this medal to be named after him it's a massive honour."
Monday, 25 November 2013
West Coast draftee Dom Sheed says being far from his home in South Australia will be a challenge he looks forward to.
"I'm happy where I am and extremely excited by the opportunity," he said.
"Obviously it's going to be a lot harder with WA so far away from SA. It's a good step to learn to be more independent, I guess."
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Former West Coast assistant David Teague joins St Kilda's 2014 coaching staff as a defensive coach.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Darren Glass says it will be up to his teammates to decide if he should continue as captain in 2014.
"I'm quite happy with whatever the player group decides," Glass said.
"If it is time to step away and move on or someone else is better equipped to do the job then I happy with that as well."
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Murray Newman is delisted by West Coast ahead of his December trial on a grievous bodily harm charge, but the Eagles have committed to reclaiming the small forward in this month's NAB AFL Rookie Draft.
"The trial is post-draft and because of the seriousness of the offence and uncertainty around the outcome, we have had to take the step of delisting Murray, but have also pledged to support him through the process," West Coast football operations manager Craig Vozzo said.
"While we have cut him from the primary list at this stage, we have committed to keep Murray at the club via the rookie draft.
"We have supported him through a very difficult period and will continue to do so during the challenging period ahead."
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Nic Naitanui has battled groin soreness throughout the 2013 season but Eagles coach Adam Simpson believes the star ruckman will be pain-free and ready to tackle the pre-season on November 18.
"He's definitely running now - I think he's pain-free," Simpson said.
"So, touch wood, he's right to go. We'll manage him as well. He's pretty keen to make a pretty good first impression, so we'll make sure we manage his loads, but at the moment he looks OK."
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
As he awaits his fate after being charged with grievous bodily harm over an incident in a Perth nightclub last year, Murray Newman has been given a "clean slate" with new Eagles coach Adam Simpson.
"He's got a clean slate with me. I spoke to him briefly a couple of weeks ago and I mentioned exactly that, " Simpson said.
"He's been at the club most days. He's got a really good attitude at the moment. We'll be a little bit patient with what happens in the next few weeks.
"We can't make too many plans until we find out what happens. But he's a talent."
Monday, 4 November 2013
Former North Melbourne defender Daniel Pratt will join his ex-teammate Adam Simpson at West Coast as a development coach.
"Seeing how 'Simmo' worked at Hawthorn, when this opportunity came up I was very excited," Pratt said.
"It's a strong list and the last 12 months were tough mainly because of injuries. There's real upside here and I'm looking forward to getting involved."
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Bradd Dalziell and Cale Morton are delisted by the Eagles.
"This is the toughest part of the game, particularly when it involves quality people," Eagles football operations manager Craig Vozzo said in a club statement.
"Unfortunately, it is the nature of the game.
"Both Bradd and Cale have been valued contributors to the football club and we thank them for the role they have each played. They will always be welcome at the West Coast Eagles."
Monday, 28 October 2013
The Crows name former West Coast rookie Heath Younie as coach of their SANFL side.
"I'm super excited. It's a unique opportunity given it's the first time that the club has had a state league side," Younie said.
"There will be massive challenges with the role, but I'm certainly looking forward to them."
Adrian Hickmott is elevated to a senior assistant coaching role at West Coast under new coach Adam Simpson.
"I have been coaching ever since I retired and this is a really exciting opportunity," Hickmott said in a club statement.
"For the last two years I have been working with the backs in a development role. I believe I have built a strong rapport with the players and I look forward to continuing to assist them impacting in the AFL."
"I am really looking forward to working with Adam and the other coaching staff. We have a terrific group of players and we are all committed to seeing the club rise up the ladder."
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Don Pyke joins the Eagles as an assistant coach and will focus on strategy, stoppages and structure under new coach Adam Simpson.
"After several years out of the AFL scene, I am really looking forward to working with Adam Simpson and the other coaches in maximising the output of the squad, which I think has real potential," Pyke said.
"It is nice to be back working at the club I played for as we prepare for the challenge to rebound after a disappointing season."
Monday, 14 October 2013
Daniel Kerr hangs up his boots despite having a year to run on his contract saying his body can no longer handle the rigours of AFL footy.
"I've been lucky to be able to wake up every day and do what I love, but lately it has become harder to get my body to carry out my mind's instructions," Kerr said.
"It was hard to come to terms with the fact that I probably wasn't going to be able to play to the standard that I wanted, but I recognise that my best football is past me and it's time to step aside to let the new generation through.
"I've had the time of my life at this football club and I've made friends that I'll keep until the end of my days."
Brady Rawlings joins West Coast as an assistant coach after serving as North Melbourne's senior recruiter and induction coach for the past two years.
Rawlings will reunite with former teammate Adam Simpson whom he played with at the Kangaroos.
"The role as assistant coach to 'Simmo' at the Eagles is a great opportunity and a challenge that I feel I am ready for," Rawlings said.
"I've always thought Adam was a senior coach in the making and I'm looking forward to working under someone I respect so highly.
"I would like to sincerely thank everyone at North for their support and for the understanding that has been extended to me throughout this process and decision."
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Cameron Bruce is promoted from development to the role of assistant coach at the Hawks following Adam Simpson accepting the role of head coach at West Coast.
Friday, 11 October 2013
Jaymie Graham joins West Coast as development coach for 2014 as part of new coach Adam Simpson's coaching team.
"I can't wait to sink my teeth into this role and start working with Adam Simpson," Graham said.
"Adam is someone I've always admired from afar and I think he'll make an excellent senior coach.
"I'm also looking forward to reuniting with some former teammates, some of whom are still playing, as well as Adam Selwood who has also taken up a coaching role with the club."
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
Scott Burns says he is ready to be senior coach of a club but fully understands why he was overlooked for the Eagles job.
"Woosh was here for 12 years and I was here for five of them. Take myself out of the equation and remove my ego and I can fully understand the direction they were going in," Burns said.
"I feel like I'm ready to go and the club certainly don't see that any differently, but for where the club wants to go at this point in time I'm just not the right fit and I completely understand."
Monday, 7 October 2013
After failing to land the top job at West Coast, Scott Burns will leave his role as assistant coach of the Eagles to join Nathan Buckley's coaching team at Collingwood.
"I have really enjoyed my time at the Eagles and appreciate the opportunities they have given me," Burns said.
"The chance to take up this position at Collingwood was too good to pass up and I'm looking forward to the next chapter.
"I've learnt a lot from so many people at the club and I'd like to thank them and wish them well for the future."
Thursday, 3 October 2013
New West Coast coach Adam Simpson says he is keen to keep Scott Burns on as assistant coach of the club despite beating him to the top job at the Eagles.
"I'd love him to stay, but I understand his situation and what he's been through in the last week," Simpson said.
"From what I can gather, the people already here are made of the right stuff.
"There are some guys I want to talk to and we'll find out in the next few days where they're at.
"There's no doubt you need people you can trust when you're starting off in a job."
Fremantle assistant coach Peter Sumich says he is dismayed at having missed out on the top coaching job at the Eagles.
"I'm gutted, no doubt about that," he said.
"I thought I was a really good chance of getting this one and unfortunately it didn't work out.
"But I understand the club's move and we all move on. I've just signed a new contract with Fremantle and I'm looking forward to that."
Adam Simpson will leave his role as assistant coach of Hawthorn after accepting an offer to coach West Coast for three years.
"I am grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to moving across to Perth with my family and settling in to the challenge ahead," Simpson said.
"I have always admired West Coast from afar and I believe the list has an exciting mix of senior and emerging young players.
"I would like to acknowledge both Hawthorn and North Melbourne for the grounding they have given to me in this game."
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Alastair Clarkson quashes media reports that he will join West Coast after coaching the Hawks in this year's Grand Final.
"Those who know me well would understand that my values would never have me walk away from a commitment to our club," Clarkson said.
"My family and I have had a great journey with this club and we are optimistic that the coming years are going to be an exciting time for Hawthorn Football Club."
Friday, 20 September 2013
Recently retired Eagle Adam Selwood joins the West Coast's coaching panel as a development coach for season 2014.
"I'm pretty excited about the opportunity and after contemplating a number of options, this felt like the best fit and right for my transition into the next phase," Selwood said.
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
John Worsfold says Eagles assistant coaches Peter Sumich and Scott Burns are ready to succeed him as head coach of the Eagles.
"Peter Sumich has now followed a very good pathway into giving himself the background to be a senior coach, having coached reserve level in the WAFL and in the seniors, and then as an assistant coach at two difference clubs over 12 years," Worsfold said.
"And Scott Burns … [his coaching career is a] bit shorter but as a player for such a long period and playing under Leigh Matthews and then Mick Malthouse, and then working with myself for five years, I think he's got a good grasp of what coaching takes and how you can attack different issues."
Port Adelaide has axed midfield coach Shaun Rehn, to be replaced by West Coast strategy and innovations coach Phil Walsh.
"To have such an experienced and well-credentialed coach like Phil return to our club is very exciting," Port Adelaide director of coaching and strategy Alan Richardson said.
"Having spent the last five seasons at such a great club like West Coast, Phil will bring a wealth of experience and fresh ideas to our coaching panel.
"He played such a vital role in our club's 2004 premiership win and also the 2007 finals campaign. We see him as a perfect fit."
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Neale Daniher steps down as Eagles footy operations manager due to health issues.
"Unfortunately, I do need to focus a lot of energy on my own health and wellbeing at this stage and the role of football operations general manager is quite demanding," Daniher said.
"I don't believe I could commit the time needed to be effective, so it is important to recognise that and bring someone in who can contribute as required.
"I would also like to thank the club for the great support they have offered me and we all look forward to 2014 with optimism."
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Nic Naitanui backs current Eagles assistant coach Scott Burns to take over from the recently resigned John Worsfold as head coach of the Eagles.
"I just think he's probably the right man to do it, but I'm sure if they choose someone else that's going to be the right decision as well," Naitanui said.
"He's a very wise man. He's brought a lot since he's come from Collingwood and he's worked under 'Woosh' for the last five years as well."
Thursday, 5 September 2013
Following his resignation, John Worsfold admits he has struggled to find the motivation to continue as head coach of West Coast.
"I have come to that decision around the fact I shouldn't do the job if I don't have the energy to give it absolutely everything; that wouldn't be the right thing for the club and basically that's where it got to," Worsfold said.
"It's not the right thing for me or for the club. The players will feel it, the staff will feel it, if the senior coach is not warts and all in. And that means emotionally you have to be right in, you have to be all over everything."
John Worsfold resigns as coach of West Coast after 12 years at the helm.
"I think that it's important that John recognised that he didn't have the energy and the passion and the enthusiasm and the emotion to keep going," Eagles chairman Alan Cransberg said.
"He very clearly said that from him point of view, now was the right time for him to move on and he also thought that the club was in a good position to put a new coach in place."
Monday, 2 September 2013
Daniel Kerr's future is unclear as the West Coast midfielder continues to deal with ongoing issues with his knee.
"There's a chance he might be retiring but there's also a chance he might not. It's pretty hard to say either way at the moment," Kerr's manager Colin Young said.
"On any given day he feels 120 per cent and then the next day obviously he's a little bit sore.
"I think John (Worsfold) and Daniel have had quite a few meetings over the last 10-12 weeks to make sure that they've monitored him right and they've played things accordingly."
Sunday, 1 September 2013
Retiring Eagle Adam Selwood plays through pain in his final AFL game against Adelaide at Patersons Stadium.
"Nothing was going to make me miss this week," Selwood said.
"I was exhausted from being out there. I only played a half but I definitely know the game is too quick for me now.
"It was a pretty emotional time out on the field and then getting in there obviously it was a pretty sombre mood with the performance we had.
"Now it's just a matter of enjoying the career and the opportunity I've had, and I'll catch up with a few of the boys later on and just reflect on what's just happened over the last 11 years."
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Andrew Embley will play his 250th and final game against Adelaide at Patersons Stadium after calling an end to his career.
"I knew that I was such a better player than what I showed in my first three or four years at the club," Embley said.
"I always feel like the easiest thing about AFL footy was getting drafted. The hardest thing was making a career out of it.
"I was drinking a little bit of alcohol at the time.
"I nearly blew a chance in the early days, and I'm very thankful I didn't go to another club or I wasn't de-listed and I was able to make a career at this club, which means a hell of a lot to me."
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
A 25-year old man has been charged with the assault of West Coast defender Will Schofield.
The Bell Post Hill man was charged by Geelong police with intentionally and recklessly causing injury and was bailed to appear in the Geelong Magistrates' Court on October 1.
Monday, 26 August 2013
Dustin Fletcher's record-breaking 379th game for Essendon is on hold after a hamstring injury ruled him out of Saturday night's clash with Richmond.
Fletcher has missed the past two weeks with suspension after equalling Simon Madden's club record of 378 club against West Coast in round 20.
Sunday, 25 August 2013
Will Schofield has sustained serious facial injuries after he was allegedly assaulted in Geelong in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The Eagles said in a statement that Schofield was the victim of an unprovoked attack after he had been granted permission to stay in Victoria to visit friends and family following Friday night's loss to Collingwood.
Friday, 23 August 2013
Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett says the club isn't completely certain on re-signing John Worsfold as coach of West Coast next year.
"We need to make the right decision and we want John to coach us next year, but we want to make sure we're correct," Nisbett told 3AW radio.
"Although there's every chance that's going to happen, we need to be sure."
Thursday, 22 August 2013
Matthew Priddis will play his 150th game this week against Collingwood and Eagles coach John Worsfold says other players should follow his lead.
"We've used Pridda as an example many times," Worsfold said.
"Not only do we use him and use anecdotes around him but he sets the example in the way he's goes about it around the footy club.
"Pridda is just a remarkable character really. He's a quality young man with an amazing focus on producing the best he can get out of himself.
"That's what ended up giving him the opportunity to get on a list."
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Eagles coach John Worsfold expects Andrew Embley to retire at the end of the season but will the club stalwart to play his 250th game at home in Patersons Stadium.
"I think to have one more game at Patersons Stadium in front of the people who have watched him over the last 14 years would be pretty good," Embley said.
"I think he warrants that sort of respect."
Eagles coach John Worsfold says he would like another two years at the helm.
"I would like to talk to the club about that, but my last two or three contracts have been two years in length," Worsfold said.
"So I've got a bit of a liking for two-year contracts."
Monday, 19 August 2013
Despite being well in the race for the Coleman Medal himself, Eagle Josh Kennedy says he would love to see young Giant Jeremy Cameron win it.
"He's a superstar. He's 20 years old. He's in a team that's developing. He's a player that's getting the best backman every week," Kennedy said.
"His year has been exceptional and he's been great to watch."
Friday, 16 August 2013
Dean Cox signs on with the Eagles for 2015 and is on track to beat Glen Jakovich's club games-played record.
"When you get to my age, it's a matter of 'can I still perform at the level I want to?'" Cox said.
"And then 'can my body allow me to do that?'
"If I can tick both of those boxes, and I still have a huge desire and passion to play good football for this footy club, then the decision at this time of the year was very easy."
Thursday, 15 August 2013
Sharrod Wellingham has had to wait until round 21 to bring up game 100 due to two ankle injuries that have kept him out of 12 matches this season.
"This year has been a bit frustrating but I have been a bit lucky up until this year," Wellingham said.
"So I have to count my lucky stars on that one, I just have to approach it as another game really.
"I am glad I have reached it [the milestone] finally and hopefully we can get a big win."
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Injuries have prompted Eagles Adam Selwood and Mark Nicoski to announce their retirements at the age of 29.
"I ended up getting a back injury that's held me back a fair bit this year. And I just couldn't hit the heights I needed to. It affected my form," Selwood said.
"I guess you never really know when the game taps you on the shoulder, and it did that night at AAMI Stadium because I never got where an Eagles jumper ever again," Nicoski said.
Mark LeCras is ruled out for at least a week with two broken ribs suffered against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.
Monday, 12 August 2013
Dean Cox says there is no doubt in his mind that he wants to play on in 2014.
"Certainly at my age, you want to make sure that you can play football next year, body permitting, if it allows you to," Cox said.
"And then if you still have the drive, the passion to want to succeed at this level, which I've still got."
Sunday, 11 August 2013
West Coast coach John Worsfold praises the efforts of Mark LeCras after the forward booted five second-half goals against the Bombers despite suffering bruised ribs.
"He's a talented player, but he's also a tough kid," Worsfold said.
"He had to tell us if he thought he could still contribute at the required level at half-time, and he wanted to give it a go."
Friday, 9 August 2013
Daniel Kerr has been sent in for minor knee surgery on Friday after leaving the training track on Wednesday with discomfort.
Kerr has managed just 10 matches this season for West Coast due to various issues surrounding his knees and a cracked rib.
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Darren Glass will extend his career to a 15th season after re-signing with the Eagles to play on in 2014.
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Mark Hutchings is making the most of his second AFL opportunity at the Eagles after being axed by St Kilda.
"As a mature-age draftee, you understand it's not easy to make it onto an AFL list," Hutchings said.
"You definitely realise how much work it's taken and you just want to make the most of it - leave no stone unturned and give it your best shot.
"Whereas if you're drafted at 18, you kind of think 'oh well, it was straight onto an AFL list and I'll be playing games next year'."
Monday, 5 August 2013
Eagles skipper Darren Glass says he will make a decision about his future over the next month.
"I'm enjoying my footy. The concern for me is, can I play good footy next year?" Glass said.
"That's what it's about. I want to make sure I can do that, I want to be really confident."
Sunday, 4 August 2013
Dean Cox says wants to play on in 2014 but that he is not prepared to sign a contract extension for longer than a year.
"Obviously I still love playing the game and I have that really competitive feeling every time I go out," Cox said.
"So I want to continue playing footy. But I don't want put it more than a season because I don't know how I am going to feel."
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Dean Cox's manager Paul Connors says his client is keen to play on next year.
"'Coxy' wants to play on at West Coast," Connors said.
"His form this year has been really good and his body is still in good nick, so we expect to start talks with the club soon."
Thursday, 25 July 2013
After requesting a trade to St Kilda at the end of last year, Mitch Brown signs a new contract with West Coast that will keep him at the club for another three years.
"Last year I was in and out of the side, played only (eight) games and while I concentrated on playing as well as I could at East Fremantle and enjoyed playing there, I wanted to be playing in the AFL," Brown said.
"This year I have been playing more consistently at AFL level and it has been satisfying."
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
John Worsfold backs Daniel Kerr to continue playing on in 2014 despite the midfielder struggling to regain peak fitness this year.
"If we can get him to a point where he can train at the required level and therefore play at the required level, then he has a lot of good games ahead of him," Worsfold said.
"With Daniel, we know that even at 80 per cent fitness, he can still perform really well, but that is getting tougher and tougher with the issues that he has been carrying.
"Really it is around whether we can we get his body right. I am sure he's got brilliant football left in him if he is as sound as he can be."
John Worsfold says he will make a presentation to the club, giving the strongest hint so far that he intends to continue coaching the Eagles beyond this year.
"I'm putting a plan in action to present to the footy club," Worsfold said.
"So in a nutshell, I will be very clear on where it's all at inside a month, and we'll go from there."
Sunday, 21 July 2013
Eagles coach John Worsfold says he expects more from Daniel Kerr than what he is producing so far.
"Really his performances the previous couple of games he played for us he was struggling to play the footy we need him to play," Worsfold said.
"While he does his good stoppage work other players are having to pick up the slack around the ground.
"So Daniel needs to be up and being able to run and play offensive and defensive footy as well as just be good at stoppages."
Monday, 15 July 2013
Murray Newman has been granted compassionate leave from West Coast to deal with "personal issues" that stem from his pending court hearing.
"The club is supporting Murray through this period and we ask that people respect his privacy as he deals with this matter," a statement from the Eagles said.
"The club will make no further comment on the issue."
Matthew Pavlich accepts a three game ban for his front-on bump against West Coast's Mitch Brown.
"Matthew and I always have a chat on a Monday and obviously he's frustrated and disappointed," Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said.
"But from my end and Matthew's end, it's a split-second decision you've got to make and it went the wrong way and now he's frustrated for a couple of weeks."
With a tally of 25.24, Mark LeCras has not been his accurate self this year but denies that an armguard is behind his wayward shots at goal.
"I think when I started missing a few I started that rumour," LeCras said.
"I cut [the armguard] down six weeks ago so it's pretty lightweight.
"It's not really bothering me at the moment. I'll probably have to play with it for the rest of the year. I don't think about it too much."
Saturday, 13 July 2013
Questions are raised about Murray Newman's future at West Coast after the 19-year-old left Claremont Oval at quarter-time while playing for Swan Districts in the WAFL.
Newman collected one possession in the opening term before storming into the rooms at the first change, grabbing his bag and leaving the ground.
West Coast football operations manager Neale Daniher was at Claremont Oval and investigated with Swans officials as to why Newman disappeared but declined to comment.
Drew Petrie has joined a chorus of voices calling on the AFL to overhaul its contentious Match Review Panel after the panel found Shaun McKernan's elbow to Eagle Brad Sheppard to be reckless rather than intentional.
"Shaun McKernan's elbow to the head of West Coast Eagles midfielder Brad Sheppard was appalling," Petrie wrote in an article for the Ballarat Courier.
"More shocking though was the AFL match review panel's finding. Two weeks. That's all the Adelaide Crows' big man was rubbed out for.
"I don't understand how it's been allowed to get this bad and this disappointing. Every week, we are left dumbfounded by its findings and the system is having a direct impact on the careers of players."
Friday, 12 July 2013
Former Demon Cale Morton will make his debut as a West Coast Eagle after being named in the side to take on Fremantle in round 16.
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
AFL football operations chief Mark Evans says Shaun McKernan's two-match ban for elbowing West Coast's Brad Sheppard was lenient.
"My opinion was the grading of the McKernan incident was a little lenient," Evans said.
"But the match review panel would have looked into all the angles of the vision. They spoke to the umpires.
"I accepted the match review panel would have looked into this far greater than I would have, but I would've felt it was slightly lenient.
"The question comes as to when should the general manager of football operations go above that and try to direct something to a Tribunal."
Monday, 8 July 2013
The Adelaide Crows accept a two-match ban for Shaun McKernan for elbowing Eagle Brad Sheppard in the head.
"We probably thought it'd be two or three weeks, it came back as two, so it's good for Shaun," Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson said.
Beau Waters will undergo an arthroscopy on his left knee that will rule him out for up to three matches.
Josh Kennedy says he hopes to modify his infamous stuttering approach during set shots for goal.
"With the stutter, I suppose it's getting to a point where it's probably getting a bit risky and I was probably losing a bit of control on the way I wanted to kick," Kennedy said.
"So that's something I'm working on and slowly coming to this last half of the year trying to minimise it."
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Mark Nicoski's AFL comeback is delayed until 2014 after the unlucky Eagle injured his wrist playing for Subiaco in the WAFL, requiring surgery.
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Andrew Embley apologises for dropping his knees into Ben Stratton.
"I'm very apologetic towards Ben Stratton, and also to footy supporters in general," Embley said.
"It's out of character for me, it's not what I'm about, and it's not what people want to see when they go to the football.
"I've always been the kind of person to front up to my mistakes; I made a blue, and I'll cop my penalty on the chin."
Monday, 24 June 2013
West Coast sharpshooter Mark Le Cras looks set to be a one-club player, committing to the Eagles for a further four seasons.
"Having a player of Mark's ability recommit to the club for the next four years is a key element of our list management strategy," West Coast list manager Craig Vozzo said.
"He is seen as important part of our playing group, both now and into the future. As a 26-year-old, despite everything he has already achieved, we believe his best is yet to come."
Shannon Hurn and Scott Selwood face extended stints on the sidelines after the pair were injured in the Eagles' clash against Hawthorn.
Hurn is set to miss eight weeks due to an injured ankle which will require surgery while Selwood has a suspected broken thumb.
Friday, 21 June 2013
Andrew Embley faces certain suspension after being seen to drop his knee into Hawk Ben Stratton in their clash at Etihad Stadium.
Embley is then seen to shove Stratton's face into the ground.
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Eric Mackenzie signs a new deal with the Eagles that will keep him at the club until the end of 2017.
"It's great to have the contract out of the way by this stage of the season," Mackenzie said.
"It will allow me to concentrate purely on what needs to be done in the second half of the year."
Thursday, 13 June 2013
Beau Maister will miss up to eight weeks following surgery on a serious hamstring injury.
Maister damaged the lateral hamstring tendon behind his left knee while in pursuit of West Coast defender Eric Mackenzie in the dying stages of the Saints' clash with the Eagles at Etihad Stadium.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Eagles coach John Worsfold says Nic Naitanui is no chance of leaving West Coast despite overtures from GWS and their coach Kevin Sheedy.
"While he's contracted here, it's not in our plans for any of that to change. That's the short answer," Worsfold said.
"Nic's a wonderful young man, level-headed with great values. We're very lucky to have that package here."
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
As West Coast prepare to take on GWS at Skoda Stadium, GWS coach Kevin Sheedy pens an open letter to Nic Naitanui, declaring his utmost admiration for the star ruckman who was born in Penrith in Sydney's west.
"From the moment you set foot on an AFL field, you captured the public's imagination with your extraordinary athleticism, prodigious leap and ability to provide dazzling moments like last weekend," Sheedy wrote.
"Our game needs stars and you are truly one of those. I only wish you had never left Western Sydney and had played for the Giants.
"I am pleased though that you will be coming here this Saturday when the Eagles play the Giants at Skoda Stadium. Our game needs drawcards and you are certainly one of those."
Monday, 20 May 2013
Sharrod Wellingham has been ruled out for five to seven weeks with a left ankle injury.
In just his third match for his new club, Wellingham was subbed out in the second term against North Melbourne on Friday night and has been diagnosed with a low-grade syndesmosis injury.
The syndesmosis is the membrane surrounding the ankle joint. It is understood that Wellingham's latest injury is very similar - but less severe - than the one he suffered to his right ankle in the pre-season and is unlikely to require surgery.
Friday, 17 May 2013
After kicking the winning goal against North Melbourne, Nic Naitanui says personal grief tempered his exuberance about his heroics.
"My girlfriend's little cousin passed away. Being a young little baby it's pretty sad," Naitanui said.
"The funeral was yesterday. I guess I was pretty high on emotion and dedicated that game and that finish to them and the family."
"It just puts everything into perspective as well. There's people doing it tougher out there and we're pretty fortunate to be doing what we do everyday."
Nic Naitanui kicks a goal after the siren to stun the Roos.
The Fijian phenomenon took a towering mark over a huge pack with 30 seconds to go and calmly slotted a goal after the siren to send a packed Patersons Stadium into pandemonium, giving West Coast an extraordinary two-point win over North Melbourne.
"I backed him to mark it, and kick a goal," Eagles coach John Worsfold said after the match.
"It happened so quick. Just looking at the clock, it was just kick it in long. Nic was the one we were probably thinking might be able to mark it, and somehow he did it."
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
AFL.com.au withdraws an article containing allegations about Daniel Chick and the medical treatment he had allegedly received.
Beau Waters says he had no hesitation in signing with West Coast for another two years.
"The club's shown great faith over a long period of time," Waters said.
"There was never any real question about being a one-club player. It was more about the club thinking I had two more years in me. It's terrific."
Monday, 13 May 2013
On the eve of Darren Glass' 250th game, West Coast coach John Worsfold says the veteran defender is among the best players he has been involved with at the club.
"He's up there with any of the best players that have played at this club," Worsfold said about Glass.
"I'm not going to say which one of them rates above the other. I'm happy for everyone to make their own call on that.
"Everyone sees different things. Glassy's record as a player stacks up with all our best guys."
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Mark Hutchings is set to make his AFL debut at the Gabba on Saturday for the Eagles, three years after he was first drafted by St Kilda as a rookie.
"I just feel definitely better equipped this time around, just through my skills as a footballer, but as a person as well," Hutchings said.
"It's a tough gig. Especially when you're 18, no matter how well you feel and think you're going to do all right, there are always those challenges of being away from home, and just the life skills in general."
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
John Worsfold says he remains unperturbed by media speculation over his contract situation.
"All I can say is that I'll either be coaching next year here or I won't be. People can create talk and they can take punts. It doesn't faze me," Worsfold said.
"Come October I'll sit down with 'Nizzy' (Trevor Nisbett) and Alan (Cransberg) and talk about where the club wants to go."
Monday, 6 May 2013
Darren Glass says he is enjoying his footy but has not committed to playing on in 2014.
"I just love playing. I love competing. I love the game," Glass said.
"Physically I feel good. But things change and there's still a long way to go in the year.
"I haven't really thought about (playing on) to be honest, but I would assume perhaps we would talk at the end of the year."
Saturday, 4 May 2013
After being on crutches for two weeks and in a moon boot for a month, Sharrod Wellingham says he wants to make an immediate impact for West Coast when he makes his debut against the Bulldogs.
"I haven't been sitting around eating chips on the couch for the last 11 weeks. It's been a huge workload that I've been doing," Wellingham said.
"I got out of the boot about six weeks ago and was pretty much running that week. I've got a lot of confidence in the amount of work that I've put in over the summer and then in the last six weeks that I'll be able to run out the game."
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Nic Naitanui will make his return to AFL football after being selected in the Eagles' round 6 side to take on the Western Bulldogs.
Monday, 29 April 2013
West Coast great great Dean Kemp, who serves as a mentor to several Eagles midfielders, believes recruit Sharrod Wellingham could be the key to the club turning around their 1-4 start to the season.
"I think he's going to play a really important role for us once he gets into the team, hopefully this week," Kemp said.
"I reckon he's really going to add a bit of inside grunt to us and a bit of protection that some of those younger guys in there are needing at the moment."
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
After growing his beard out for a year, Will Schofield shaves it off for charity but says beards have nothing to do with form on the footy field.
"I'm not really sure how facial hair affects anyone," Schofield said.
"It's actually a joke that people think that having a beard means you are going to run less.
"It's actually ridiculous the amount of attention it got in terms of form or how teams are playing."
Monday, 15 April 2013
Chris Masten commits to a long-term deal at West Coast that will keep him at the club until the end of 2016.
"I'm really happy to have re-signed," Masten said.
"It's nice to get it sorted early in the season, I really enjoy being around the boys."
The Eagles suffer a double injury blow with veteran Andrew Embley will miss up to three weeks with a foot injury, while vice-captain Beau Waters has been sidelined for a fortnight with a calf strain.
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Nic Naitanui will remain on the sidelines for a further four to six weeks after suffering a further setback to his persistent groin injury.
Monday, 8 April 2013
West Coast has started 2013 with an 0-2 record and Dean Cox says the Eagles are missing Nic Naitanui's presence.
"What he can bring around centre bounces, around stoppages, is what no other ruckman can bring in a game of football," Cox said.
"His hit-out to advantage percentage is really high. He can put opposition sides on the back foot from the start.
"With Nic, if he was getting over blokes you could be a lot more attacking. His ability to win centre-bounce hit-outs and then follow it up is his greatest strength."
Sunday, 31 March 2013
Nathan Brown expresses frustration at his brother Mitchell Brown struggling to get games at the Eagles and says he wouldn't mind having him home in Melbourne.
"I want to see my brother play AFL footy, because I know he's good enough," he said.
"He knows that he has to play back in the WAFL when he doesn't get a chance, and I think the last two weeks he's got best on ground for two games.
"We'll see what happens, but I wouldn't mind him back in Melbourne just to hang out with my mate, so I wouldn't be too unhappy if he did come home."
Saturday, 23 March 2013
Luckless West Coast forward Mark LeCras will undergo surgery on Sunday to repair a small fracture in his right arm after colliding with Docker Tendai Mzungu in their round one clash.
Monday, 18 March 2013
Josh Hill says he feels more comfortable at the Eagles now in his second year at the club and is looking to working closely with Mark LeCras up forward.
"I know he's got his flair that he brings. I'm going to try to bring my side and work on improving," Hill said.
"Like last year I'm going to start off with the defensive side of my game and look to use that to get involved. I feel a lot more comfortable now that I've got a year under my belt at the club."
West Coast has been dealt a further blow with Nic Naitanui and Daniel Kerr expected to miss a further month with knee and groin injuries respectively.
Saturday, 16 March 2013
Mark Nicoski is placed back on the Eagles' long-term injury list.
"The medical staff has devised a modified and controlled program for the next eight weeks, which means I would not be ready to play until round seven," Nicoski said.
"I will be placed on the long-term injury list during that period and I look forward to having a positive impact on the West Coast Eagles season after that time.
"There has not been a setback per se, it's just a matter of backing it off a little over the next couple of months, managing and manipulating my training loads."
Thursday, 14 March 2013
Matthew Rosa is set to miss the first five rounds of the season after having surgery on his thigh.
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
Sharod Wellingham is taking longer than expected in his recovery from an ankle injury and will miss the first two rounds of the season.
"The surgeon saw him on the weekend at our game and elected to leave the boot on for a longer period. So straight away that's making it pretty tough," West Coast coach John Worsfold said.
"It means he won't have to put any weight on that leg for about three weeks, so you'd expect it would take another three weeks or so to really get him up and going back ready to play."
Monday, 4 March 2013
Nic Naitanui remains unsure if he'll be fit to face Fremantle in round one.
"I'm back running, and I've been doing some controlled skills, kicking the footy and that again," Naitanui said.
"Maybe in the next week leading into round one I'll start doing some full training and a bit of contact stuff.
"But it all goes on how I'm feeling and how I pull up after each session. I don't want to be making any promises."
Friday, 1 March 2013
Eagles coach John Worsfold says he won't make a call on his future until the end of the season despite believing he still has room to grow as a coach.
"I'm miles away from my peak. All things considering, I'd love to still be here coaching if everything fit," Worsfold said.
"But just talking to Alan Cransberg, we felt there was no urgency to make any decision around it. I'm really comfortable with that."
Monday, 18 February 2013
Sharrod Wellingham could miss the start of the AFL season after suffering a freak ankle injury in a trampoline accident.
Saturday, 16 February 2013
After more than 17 months out of the game, Mark LeCras makes solid return by playing a half of football and kicking a goal in the Eagles' first NAB Cup match against Geelong.
"I think he's rapt. He was just keen to get it all going again," Eagles coach John Worsfold said.
"His pre-season's been outstanding so it was just good to know he's up and going again. He had a smile on his face after the game, so I'd say he's pulled up well."
Monday, 11 February 2013
Eagles John Worsfold says Mark LeCras is ready to resume playing football in the NAB Cup after recovering from a knee reconstruction.
"He's been doing all our match simulation and game plan drills for a month now … we've had our equivalent of intraclub games and he's played in those," Worsfold said.
"He wasn't doing every drill that the players were doing really up until January, so he still followed a fairly strict program in terms of building him up to be ready to play now."
Saturday, 9 February 2013
After being restricted to just running laps during the season in 2012, Jack Darling hopes a solid pre-season will allow him to engage in some skills work during the season in 2013.
"I've really been getting some good leg-weight sessions in this pre-season, so I'm getting stronger there and that hasn't been a strength of mine in the past," Darling said.
"During the season I'm pretty light early in the week, not kicking the footy and just jogging laps.
"[The aim is] being able to train during the week, instead of just getting right for games, and feel comfortable doing that."
Friday, 8 February 2013
Nic Naitanui rules himself out of the NAB Cup as he continues to recover from groin surgery.
"I'm back running again now and just eyeing off the early part of the year … no date as of yet," Naitanui said.
"I' won't be ready for NAB Cup. I'm just running and starting my skill work at the moment, so it'd be unrealistic and I'd be lying if I said I was going to play NAB Cup.
"But I'm looking forward to the season proper. I go week-by-week and where I'm at with the physios."
Thursday, 7 February 2013
In the midst of an ACC investigation into widespread drug use in Australian sport, West Coast skipper Darren Glass says his teammates only use supplements approved by their medical team.
"The club is very diligent and the players are only allowed to get supplements from the club that have been checked by our medical team," Glass said.
"We're educated that there are supplements on the market that contain illegal stuff, particularly the stuff from the States that you can buy online.
"We're educated hard on that stuff and we're only allowed to take supplements that the club has approved and they give us."
Monday, 4 February 2013
Eagles coach John Worsfold says recruit Sharrod Wellingham could share a run-with role with Scott Selwood in 2013.
"It gives us a bit more flexibility for sure," Worsfold told 6PR.
"Scott Selwood was still having some tight run-with roles last year. We can free him up at times and use Sharrod in that role.
"[We can] still use Scotty, because he's shown he can play that role and win the footy himself …. but we certainly think we can use Sharrod and swap him up."
Saturday, 2 February 2013
West Coast are expecting Andrew Embley and Matt Rosa to feature strongly in 2013 after injuries affected their output in 2012.
"You've got to remember that Embley hardly played last year through his injuries and Rosa missed a fair chunk later in the year," West Coast assistant coach Scott Burns said.
"Those two boys, physically right now, are probably in the best nick they've been in since I've been here."
Friday, 1 February 2013
Victorian defender Will Schofield signs a new three-year deal with West Coast.
"I have been here for six years already, so Perth and the West Coast Eagles have been a big part of my life," Schofield said.
"Everyone is aware I had a tough year personally in 2012 and the easy decision would have been to go home to family and friends. The club was great to me at that time and I really appreciated the support.
"But I can't imagine playing anywhere else and everyone at the club is pretty excited about the future. I am keen to be a part of the next West Coast team that achieves the ultimate success and we all believe that is achievable in the near future."
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Darren Glass remains skipper of West Coast for 2013 with Beau Waters serving as vice-captain.
"Darren has said in the last couple of years that he would like to hand over the captaincy at some point, but all feel he has a tremendous amount to contribute in the role," Eagles coach John Worsfold said.
"Importantly, his teammates want him to remain as captain.
"Beau Waters continued to shine as a leader last year, winning All-Australian honours and recently being added as the players' representative on the AFL rules committee, showing his impact both on and off field."
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui denies he is suffering from osteitis pubis as he recovers from groin surgery.
"I'm fine. I have been following my program. My goal is still round one. I'll see how I go and track along in the next few weeks," he said.
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Eagles vice-captain Beau Waters is appointed to the AFL Laws of the Game Committee as the players' representative, replacing Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich as the sole player on the committee.
"The AFL greatly values the contributions of current players, and the wider AFLPA, to the important discussions around the Laws of the Game and is pleased that Beau will join the laws panel," the League's acting football operations manager, Gillon McLachlan, said.
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Darren Glass says he is ready to step down as skipper if the Eagles have a better option.
"I'm happy with whatever the club decides," Glass said.
"If they want me to continue I'm happy to do that, and if the timing is right for someone else, I'm happy with that as well."
The Eagles will not ruch Nic Naitanui back for the start of the season as he recovers from groin surgery.
"He's just started running again, so he's a long way behind the rest of the group and we'll take a really cautious approach with him," Eagles assistant coach Justin Longmuir said.
"We really need Nic Nat firing at the end of the year, not so much at the start of the year. If he comes up for round one that will be great, but we've got the cover if he doesn't come up for round one."
Saturday, 5 January 2013
West Coast delays making a decision on their captain for 2013 until at least February as Darren Glass considers handing over the reins to a younger player.
Vice-captain Beau Waters has been groomed to take over the captaincy but questions remain over his durability.
"We know he won't necessarily always play every home-and-away game, but we're confident he'll play the majority of them and play them very well," West Coast football operations manager Neale Daniher said.
"Beau is very professional in his preparation. He plays the game as hard as anyone in the league, and his injuries are well documented, but we were rapt with the way he played last year."
Monday, 17 December 2012
West Coast adds another year to Luke Shuey's contract, keeping him at the club until the end of 2015.
"There was no temptation to move back to Melbourne at all," Shuey said.
"I've loved it since I've moved over here and I'm happy with the group of guys I'm playing with.
"They're a fantastic group of fellas and we're looking forward to the next three years. It should be really exciting."
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
New West Coast recruit Jamie Bennell says he can look to teammate Brad Dick as a role model as he recovers from a knee reconstruction.
"He was in the same situation as me basically and is onto the senior list now after playing some good footy in the WAFL. Hopefully I can follow in his footsteps," Bennell said.
"We're five months down from my reconstruction, and I'll be in the rehab group for a while yet. So we'll focus on my knee at the moment and go from there."
Monday, 10 December 2012
Daniel Kerr suffers a pre-season set back, having an arthroscopy on his right knee to remove a small bone fragment.
Kerr will spend the next two to three weeks recuperating before returning to training in mid to late January.
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
West Coast forward Josh Hill says he is already feeling the pressure to improve as goalkickers Mark LeCras and Mark Nicoski plot their returns to the Eagles' forward line.
"That's the hard part, keeping the position," Hill said.
"It's a tough gig, but everyone wants that spot and we're all going to fight for it pre-season. I think it's just going to motivate the boys to perform that one step better."
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
AFL footballer turned NFL punter Saverio Rocca faces a legal battle after being sued over a an injury due to a punt when he kicked a ball into the crowd while entertaining fans at an event for the Philadelphia Eagles.